Witnesses testify in ‘Ghost Ship’ warehouse fire hearing
A fire in December 2016, with 36 people killed in an Oakland warehouse that had been converted to an artists ‘ collective.
The fire marshal of Oakland, California, resigned Friday after the hard criticism on two fires in the city, which killed a total of 40 people.
The departure of Marshal Miguel Trujillo was the latest black eye for the Bay Area of the city during the administration of Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democrat who has clashed with the Trumpet administraion on immigration policy.
The marshal’s resignation was announced by Fire Chief Darin White, who will be working with Trujillo tasks perform the fire inspection bureau while a replacement is sought.
Embattled Oakland fire marshal dismissal, the department is looking for a new person to the head of inspection bureau https://t.co/pn4VugAA0q pic.twitter.com/AkRobWhKgH
— East Bay Times (@EastBayTimes) 30 March 2018
Trujillo faced months of monitoring “is overloaded, often alarmed,” prevention of fire unit that he led, the San Francisco Chronicle.
He leaves now for Gilroy, Calif., where he will be fire marshal for a city that is one-eighth of the size of Oakland, the report said.
Trujillo redundancy is added to the department plan fire inspection service, which was intensely scrutinized after 36 people died in the Dec. 2, 2016, fire on the “Ghost Ship” warehouse and four people died in a March 27, 2017, a fire in a halfway house, to the East of the Bay Times reported.
Firefighters battle a four-alarm blaze in a three-story apartment building in Oakland, California, march 27, 2017.
The Ghost Ship warehouse illegally converted into living space for artists and had no sprinkler system. Trujillo is the department allegedly never inspected the building, and it was not in the city, the inspection roles, despite the firefighters have called a number of times, the Times reported. A fire official also said that he filed a report noting the dangers two years prior to the fire.
In the halfway house blaze, internal e-mails showed that the firefighters repeatedly warned of the potential dangers for the security in a few months, but an inspection wasn’t done until three days before the fire, the report said. Despite the severe violations of the site, the home of no less than 100 people — was reportedly allowed to remain open.
A subsequent investigation by the Times found that 80 percent of the references made by the fire department to the Fire Prevention Bureau of dangerous situations in the buildings were not inspected.
Assistant Fire Marshal Maria Sabatini detailed how short-staffed and “crazy busy” was in the service, in an internal e-mail obtained by the Mercury News. They, too, attributed the lack of controls ‘on-going ‘miscommunication’ between the fire department and the inspectors on the proper guidelines to refer to buildings for inspection.
Trujillo not immediately responded for comment.
In addition to the fatal fires, Oakland, since the advent of Mayor Schaaf in January 2015 has seen a sex scandal involving members of the police force-which leads to a period when the city had three police chiefs within a week.
It has also seen Schaaf collision with the Trump of administration on immigration policy. She was the center of controversy earlier this year when she publicly warned that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers would perform robberies in the city.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.